9 Things You Can Do to Avoid Pissing Off Other Anglers

Posted by nick under Tips and Tricks

 

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If you want to make friends with other anglers and to continue to have access to places where you can fish you need understand and follow basic fishing ethics:

  1. Follow angling and boating regulations.
    They are there for a reason, most of the time to protect you or others.
  2. Don’t pollute.
    Don’t leave your trash on or around the water; that includes used line, bait containers, and cigarette butts. Throw it in a trash can or pack it out.
  3. Only keep fish you are going to use.
    If you are not going to use it, put it back. Take the time to learn proper catch and release techniques.
  4. Never release fish (including baitfish) or plants into waters that do not normally hold them.
    Introducing exotic species into public waters is not only unethical, it’s illegal. Don’t do it.
  5. Respect the property rights of land owners.
    You will not endear yourself to other’s by trespassing on their land or their water.
  6. Treat other anglers and people we meet in the outdoors with courtesy and respect.
    That includes respecting the personal space of other anglers; if they found the hole first, give them room to fish it. Worse than fishing on top of another angler is crossing another angler’s lines (makes people see red.)
  7. Support local efforts to protect the environment.
    Take care of your home water so you and others will something to fish now and in the future.
  8. When operating a motor boat, keep your speed low and stay a safe distance away from others.
    Terrorizing anglers and other people on the water is a great way to expose yourself to some colorful vocabulary.
  9. Share your knowledge.
    Sharing what you’ve learned about fishing is rewarding for you, for those who learn from you and for the sport in general.
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